Kawhi Leonard has inked his contract with the LA. Leonard is also a Southern California native and a person with knowledge of the situation said he signed a three-year max contract that could be worth almost US$110-million - although the last year is at his option, meaning he and George could both be free agents in 2021.
There had reportedly been discontent brewing between George and former MVP Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, and when Leonard pushed George to make the move to the Clippers, he reportedly formally requested a trade.
The Clippers are banking on being good for a long time, having traded five first-round picks, Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for George.
The team won its first National Basketball Association title in franchise history on June 13 but weeks later saw Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard elect to sign with the LA Clippers.
It was originally reported that Leonard would receive a four-year, $142-million maximum contract.
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If so, they could most likely trade away Collin Sexton and another young player like Larry Nance Jr. or Dylan Windler . In turn, Miami's salary cap space isn't something to ignore, but they do have a few things working in their favor.
OKC also received a $10.4 million trade exception.
Presti said he wished George well. "They know ... I'm not going to sit here and tell them, 'Well, we'd like to discuss a contract with you.' We know what we're getting into", Marks said. Instead, the NBA Finals MVP is signing a two-year deal with a player option for a third year. Had either George or the Thunder balked at Leonard's entreaties, would he have come to accept that the safest bet for his career was to pursue more titles in Toronto?
"His expectation, and ours, is to contend for championships", Frank said. "Following the lead of [owner] Steve Ballmer, we have plotted an aggressive course to build a championship contender, and acquiring Paul is a critical step".
When you look at what the Raptors have moving forward, it's tough to say this team can easily repeat as National Basketball Association champions but to suggest they are in trouble shouldn't be the case. Both of those deals were agreed upon last week. I know what we're dealing with here and I appreciate what the process was and, I know free agency and I know how it works - it's not my first rodeo and you know that things are going to go up and down. "Al's playmaking, elite defensive talents and veteran leadership confirm why he is a crucial addition to our roster".